Erika Nolan

Founder & CEO of Instar Farms


Erika Nolan is Licensed Horticulturalist with a Certification in Landscape Horticulture. She created Instar Farms from a smaller home business, operating out of 50 s.f. of gardening space. Erika hustled the plant world in every way possible: from selling plants at people’s doorsteps to growing food and selling products at the local Farmer’s Markets. Success allowed Erika to purchase a larger property where she could build her homesteading model. As soon as she built the Veggie Garden, the business exploded as everyone wanted the same: to reconnect with growing their own food. Alongside Edible Gardening, Erika's love affair with plants has led her to other creative Landscaping Services, offering the best, most thought-out ideas, all within sustainable, artistic fashion. Erika considers herself and her team “Garden Artists”, taking the possibilities of the landscape beyond ordinary vision. Green Walls and Garden Art are speciality services of Instar Farms.


Jennifer Zabalaoui,


Born and raised in NOLA with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, Jen has a passion for numbers and organization within the business. She’s been with Instar since the first couple years of start-up, and is committed to the business culture! Jen’s also a master DIY’er with her own Social Media Channels. She has an edible garden of her own at home and enjoys learning more every day about the plant world.

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Erin Schott, Garden Manager

Master Gardener, Erin Schott, has a powerful passion for horticulture that's demonstrated throughout our client gardens as well as the local community! Born and raised in New Orleans, Erin graduated from the University of New Orleans with her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. While studying the intersections between human and plant worlds, she created UNO's first community garden and has worked in both edible and ornamental gardens ever since. She volunteers diligently throughout the city sharing her plant knowledge and love for the world of gardening. Erin’s contagious enthusiasm, solid work ethic and ability to understand plants and people allow her to successfully manage Instar clients’ gardens and business operations.